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Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari

Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Experience an unforgettable wildlife adventure through some of southern Africa's most spectacular national parks. Keep your camera at the ready to capture lions and elephants in Hwange National Park; fly to the panhandle of the pristine Okavango Delta for bush walks with expert local guides; and cruise along the waters of the Chobe River to watch elephants drink and hippos bathe along the shore.

Day 1: Victoria Falls
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Transport: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.
Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Accommodation: Cresta Sprayview Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park
Explore Victoria Falls at leisure this morning, and opt to take a guided tour of this thundering natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, transfer to the headquarters of Painted Dog Conservation. Learn about this non-profit organization's work to protect and rehabilitate injured painted dogs (also known as African wild dogs), and hear from a conservationist about the threats to these endangered animals. Afterward, venture out on safari in Hwange National Park, one of Zimbabwe's largest wildlife reserves and an important elephant sanctuary.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit Painted Dog Conservancy and meet with a senior conservationist to learn about the work being done to rehabilitate animals that have been injured from poaching. Learn about the dangers wild dogs face in and around Hwange National Park. The ultimate goal of the project is to release rehabilitated wild dogs back into the wild and to work with local children and communities in an effort to educate and shift behaviors away from poaching.
Activity: Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in the lodge's private concession, bordering the Hwange National Park. Keep an eye out for Africa's Big Five, as well as other predators, and over 300 bird species.
Accommodation: Ivory Safari Lodge & Khulu Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 3: Hwange National Park
Set out on a full-day safari through the sweeping grasslands of Hwange National Park. Track the park's resident elephant and buffalo herds, as well as giraffes, lions, zebras, and the rare African wild dog. This evening, relax on the deck of your lodge, keeping an eye out for the wild creatures that visit the lodge's watering hole.
Activity: Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest, and home to elephant herds, lions, and the rare African wild dog. Get your cameras ready and keep an eye out for Africa's "big five," as well as other predators, and over 300 bird species.
Accommodation: Ivory Safari Lodge & Khulu Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Hwange/Chobe NP
Depart Hwange and head north, crossing the border into Botswana and arriving in Kasane—the gateway to the stunning Chobe National Park. Settle into your lodge and embark on a boat safari on the Chobe River, the lifeline of the park. Look out for submerged hippos, basking crocodiles, bathing elephants, and an abundance of birdlife from the boat's deck, and witness a spectacular fiery sunset over the river.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Activity: Get a fantastic perspective of one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos on a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Bring a few drinks and a camera, sit back, and enjoy the view.
Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 5: Chobe NP
This morning, continue your exploration of Chobe National Park, home to one of Africa's largest elephant populations. On a safari along the banks of the Chobe River, keep an eye out for elephants, buffalo, lions, zebra, and rare semi-aquatic antelope, as well as an incredible variety of birds. In the afternoon, opt to take a photography river safari on a specialized photography boat.
Activity: Immerse yourself in Chobe National Park in an open-backed, open-seated safari vehicle, and experience the stunning wilderness of the game-rich park in the care of a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Explore with your eyes as the tour drives along routes that overlook the beautiful Chobe River and keep an eye out for the remarkable variety of animals that are drawn to this permanent water source. During the safari drives it is not uncommon to spot several of Africa's "big five" in the greater Chobe area and the early morning drive lasting 3 hours is a wonderful opportunity to have some unique sightings.
Free Time: Relax, or opt to improve your wildlife photography skills on a Chobe River photo safari.
Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 6: Kasane/Okavango Delta
Catch a flight to the Okavango Panhandle in Botswana, the narrow arm of the Okavango River that feeds into the famed Okavango Delta. Check in to our remote lodge, and enjoy a boat cruise on the winding waterways. This evening, hear about National Geographic's Okavango Wilderness Project, a multi-year collaboration between international and local experts to survey the Okavango watershed's biodiversity and ensure its future protection. Watch the National Geographic documentary "Into the Okavango," and learn about delta conservation projects in the area.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Activity: National Geographic Explorer Steve Boyes leads the Okavango Wilderness Project, a multi-year collaboration between international and local African experts to survey the Okavango watershed's biodiversity and ensure its future protection. Join one of the expedition members to watch and discuss the new National Geographic documentary Into the Okavango, and learn about the delta conservation projects in the area. (The expedition team are occasionally unavailable, in which case you will joined by one of the lodge staff, who work closely with the OWP)
Accommodation: Mopiri Camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Okavango Delta
Explore the breathtaking Okavango Panhandle with expert local guides. Navigate the wildlife-rich channels of the Okavango River aboard a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, and spot all manner of bird life on bush walks. Settle into your tent in our remote bush camp this evening. Enjoy a three-course meal around a roaring campfire while listening to the night calls of the delta.
Activity: Enjoy wildlife walks and viewing, mokoro trips (occasionally unavailable due to seasonality), and birdwatching in the pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta. In the evening, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals, or simply unwind with a sundowner (cheers!) around the campfire.
Accommodation: Mopiri Camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Okavango Delta
Continue exploring the Okavango Delta's untamed habitat on foot and by mokoro, spotting herons, storks, egrets, and other wading birds. Return to our camp later this afternoon and opt to relax by an open fire, or take a swim.
Activity: Continue exploring from our remote bush camp in the Delta. Options can vary, enjoy a bush walk or mokoro trip through the channels, visit a local village, or spend some time fishing. A breakfast or brunch will be served on the island before heading back to our lodge by mokoro and motor boat.
Accommodation: Mopiri Camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Okavango Delta/Maun
Fly to the frontier town of Maun for an evening of storytelling and traditional foods with celebrated local author Bonty Botumile. Born in Maun, Bonty's work is dedicated to preserving Botswana's literary heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Listen as she shares her in-depth knowledge of the region's cultural history, and cap off the night with a delicious meal and colourful stories around a warm fire.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Free Time: Relax at the hotel or head into Maun to check out the local craft markets.
Activity: Enjoy an evening of culture with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers, a local enterprise dedicated to preserving Botswana's heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Born in Maun, Bonty is a recipient of the Bessie Head Literature Award. Listen as she shares her in-depth understanding of the region's cultural history. Cap off the night with traditional fare and storytelling around a warm fire.
Accommodation: Cresta Maun (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Maun
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Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport
Private vehicle, 4x4, walking, boat, mokoro, plane.

Inclusions
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Painted Dog Conservation, Hwange National Park Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Okavango Wilderness Project Experience, Okavango Delta Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner, Maun. Arrival transfer. Open-vehicle wildlife safari drives in Hwange and Chobe National Parks. Chobe boat safari. Wildlife excursions by boat and foot in the Okavango Panhandle. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (2 nts), safari lodges/camp (6 nts), bush camp (1 nt).

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Questions & Answers

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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National Geographic Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 42 reviews about National Geographic Tours - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

Outstanding trip and tours with plenty of opportunities for planned and unplanned adventures. Knowledgeable, friendly, and capable guides who kept us moving while allowing adequate free time for exploring on one's own.

Affordable Tours was helpful, answered all questions, booked tour and all flights for us. Great experience! We will definitely book through AT again.


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